|Directed by||Richard Linklater|
|Produced by||Anne Walker-McBay|
|Written by||Richard Linklater|
|Release date(s)||July 12, 2013|
Boyhood is a working title for the upcoming film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Salmon. Filming began in the summer of 2002 in Houston, Texas and the film is set to be released in 2013.
The film tells a story of two divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) trying to raise their precocious child (Ellar Salmon). The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, "I've long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through." Linklater hired the then 7-year-old Ellar Salmon to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story.
Ellar Salmon will not be replaced by another actor throughout the film's 12-year period.